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Author's profile photo Susan Keohan

30 Seconds of Recognition (or, this year What’s your Kryptonite?)

Way back in 2009, Craig Cmehil challenged the SCN Community to introduce ourselves to each other via a 30-second (or so) video.  A number of SAP Community Network members decided to bite the bullet and submit video clips.  This was all just in fun, you see.  I think Craig felt (and many people still do) that if you can put a face, a voice, or an interesting fact to a person on SCN, you will feel more connected.  And the more connected you are, the more likely you are to engage, contribute, and learn.

It was a great idea!  I found it was very entertaining to be able to ‘meet’ people by checking out their videos.  Of course, having those videos in hand, someone (Jim, I am talking about you) decided it would be fun to have a ceremony, sort of like the Oscars, except more fun.  Maybe like the Razzies, but less mean. And this being the SAP Community Network, the SCNotties were born.

So for three years, at most SAPTechEd locations, the funniest, weirdest, kindest, most creative, and sometimes, the most inspiring among us are celebrated. Sometimes you are celebrated with cheers and applause, sometimes with hoots and guffaws.  But it’s all done in a warm-hearted manner, because we are celebrating the people in one of the communities we *live* in.

The categories for ‘winning’ are fluid – nobody can stack the deck if they don’t know what the criteria for judging are.  The requirements are simple – create a little video about yourself.  Tell us what you work on, what moves you, what you feel about this community.

This year, at SAPTechEd Las Vegas, we are putting a little spin on it… In honor of 3 Doors Down playing, and their hit song ‘Kryptonite’, we are asking you to tell us what your ‘superpowers’ are, and what is your personal kryptonite.  Or, maybe you want to take 30 seconds to talk about your superhero?  And if you choose not to go with the Kryptonite theme, that’s your right (and Kryptonite is only a suggestion).

We have many people who contribute, year after year (like me).  But the goal of this little community project is to meet new people – not that there is anything wrong with the ‘old’ people So if you have never created a video introducing yourself to SCN, please think about doing so! It’s fun,  it only hurts a little, and you may walk away with a not-very  valuable prize!

Here are some samples for your viewing pleasure:

Sylvia Santelli (AKA @sylviasant)

Michel Koch (AKA @pixelbase)

Matthias Steiner (AKA @steinermatt)

Jamie Oswald (AKA @oswaldxxl)

Abesh Chatterjee (AKA @abesh)

And here is the blog by the SCNodfather, Jim Spath, announcing the first Annual @SCNotties.

I know, by now you are all so very excited, you are wondering:

HOW CAN I SIGN UP? Cool your jets, we’re getting to it.

We’ve set up this Wiki page, where you can load your video.  Videos that are emailed to me do not count.  Part of this challenge is being willing and able to edit a wiki, and add a link to your video. 

When does the ‘competition’ start?

For SAPTechED Las Vegas, we intend to allow you to submit your performances starting September 1, 2012, with an end date of October 10, 2012.

No whining about time zones, we are on EST and that’s what we are sticking to.

For SAPTechEd at other locations?  Keep an eye out, the coordinators are still working on it.

But you need not be present to ‘win’ – so please don’t let a little thing like geography or travel budgets interfere with your contribution!

Who the hell is ‘we’?

That’s just how I refer to myself. 

No, really, Greg Myers and I will be trying to coordinate with other members of the community on judging and celebrating.

How can I ensure a win?

Everybody is a winner.  Just like my mother used to say ‘Every day is children’s day!’.  OK, so there is no way to guarantee winning, but gifts of cash are always accepted with a smile.

Is it SCNotty or SCNotties?

Now you’re just being silly.  Quit stalling, grab a flip cam or whatever, and start having fun.

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      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul


      I was waiting for this kind of announcement. Thank you! And I'm glad you found your draft 🙂 .

      Last year I participate for the fist time, and while I'm (still) not very good at or on video, it was a lot of fun indeed, and I fully intend to try again this year. And I can recommend it to everyone!

      Btw, while I did notice how you kept referring to old SCNotties (or is it SCNotty?) videos the last couple of days on twitter, I didn't link those to this announcement. Only now it starts to make sense, haha. But thanks for the warming up!

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Fred,

      Thanks for the encouraging SHOUT OUT to all SCN members!  Sure, it's kind of hard to get started - especially doing a video about yourself.  But we all have stories to share, and as the #blogitforward chain shows, there is great interest in them!

      Looking forward to hearing what your superpowers are 🙂


      Author's profile photo Matt Harding
      Matt Harding

      Hi Sue,

      I might just have to submit something this year 😉 ...Can't wait to see the creativity of everyone's entry...

      See you in Vegas,


      Author's profile photo Kumud Singh
      Kumud Singh

      Hello Sue,

      I will have to put my thinking hats on again for the SCNotty entry this year 🙂 and should be something different from last year! Hmmmm, now I would call this as Notty pressure! 😉



      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Kumud,

      As the newly annointed Member of the Month, I encourage you to use your superpowers to help me get people engaged!  And I am really looking forward to another video from you!!!